IB Less Lethal Blog
NATHAN BRUTTELL Corvallis Gazette-Times – Read original article
The Corvallis Police Department has a new “less-lethal” tool designed to help save lives. But not just the lives of officers or bystanders; the lives of suspects as well.
Officials recently converted every shotgun in the department to fire new “less lethal” ammunition. The new rounds, nicknamed “pancake bullets” and made by Integrity Ballistics, are designed to incapacitate suspects with a synthetic polymer ball that pancakes on impact. The pancake bullets, known officially as the Burns 1401, are fired at about 350 feet per second, roughly one-third the speed of a standard bullet.
The new tool could become useful in situations in which lethal force isn’t appropriate and a stun gun or baton could jeopardize an officer’s safety, said Lt. Todd Bailey of the Corvallis Police Department.
“It seems like, over the last 10 years, we’ve … Read More »
In 2002, just after graduating from high school in Laramie, WY, a young man named Kyle W. Burns joined the Marine Corps. Understandably, given the events of 9/11 and all that had transpired in the months since then, his mother Jocelyn tried to talk him out of it. However, he prevailed and reported for basic training at San Diego’s Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
The Marine Corps was a good fit for a young man who was a thrill seeker, adventurer, and practical joker. His cousin Trish remembers those adventures quite well:
We, along with our other cousins would spend summers with our grandparents in Buffalo, WY. We had the time of our lives. Every summer consisted of fireworks and shooting guns. We’d kill anything that crossed our paths whether it was rocks, plants, trees, or animals. Grandma would give us $100 to buy whatever fireworks we wanted. Let … Read More »
I can trace the company’s beginnings to a solemn family gathering on that first Thanksgiving after 9/11. Several of my closest family members and I started talking about the need to prevent terrorists from ever taking a plane and causing such destruction again. As our conversation evolved, we realized that air marshals need better tools to prevent future similar airline attacks. Thus, the idea of a soft polymer less lethal projectile, one that could be fired inside a plane without damaging critical components or harming innocent passengers, was born.
My engineering background with an emphasis in polymers combined with my R & D career with the largest non-lethal company in the world provided me with the knowledge and contacts necessary to design, craft and build a proof of concept prototype for 12-gauge shotguns. It took several months to get the necessary components together. … Read More »